July 8th, 2011

Some Friday Thoughts

Friday morning. A relatively cool day this morning, one that is quite comfortable.

I'm working from home today, as there's an inspector coming to the house to check the sewage on the condo, since I've been hearing some odd noises, arriving between 9 am and 2 pm, so the boss at work was accommodating enough to let me work from home. I've done a lot of hours at work this week, and have pretty much caught up with most of the paperwork and projects that we've got going at the moment.

I finally had a decent night's sleep last night, the body finally having adjusted to the new bed perhaps ::knock on wood:: , or possibly more a function that I was just so tired after two nights of the Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest. Woke up when the alarm went off at 6:00 am, and actually felt relatively awake for a change, and didn't have too much of that brain mustiness that I've had the last week or so. Speaking of Ottawa Bluesfest, there's not a lot of folks I wanted to see this weekend, other than The Black Keys and Jill Zmud, and I just don't really have the patience to deal with the kind of crowds that one will find at the concert venue on the weekend, despite all the changes and stuff that have been made to the way the Bluesfest is being handled and the stage arrangements themselves. So I'll just have to content myself with listening to the CDs and watching the occasional video on YouTube or wherever.

In the meantime, today being Friday, this means that the Friday night gaming group will be getting together and gaming once more. I learned last night that Nick just doesn't have something to add to last week's game session, so I will once more be GMing the game tonight. I'm planning to run Desolation on the group, and it'll be good to get back to the campaign that I have going with them, since they're three sessions into a scenario that is just getting interesting. So, once work is done for the day, I'll need to do a couple of hours prep on the game of Desolation for tonight.

For now, back to work.

Friday Night Game Session Report - Desolation

Here is the continuing coverage of the Friday night campaign of the Desolation post-apocalyptic fantasy rpg that I'm running. This write-up covers the session that I ran on February 4th of this year. You can read about the previous game session in this journal entry. Since this post is quite long, I've put it behind a cut for those who don't want to read about the roleplaying game campaigns that I'm running.

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The players all seemed to enjoy the game session, although after it was over, both Kathy and Joanne commented that this session was much more dour than any that I had run in a while. That's saying a lot given the nature and background of the Desolation game world, and the veterans of the group explained some of what they meant to Angela, the relative newcomer to the group. The plot for the adventure is finally starting to come together, and Angela said that she's quite pleased about what seems to be happening, but that she hopes her character's friends aren't all dead! :) Ah, well, all will be revealed sooner or later...

Sunday Afternoon Game Session Report - Desolation

As mentioned in a previous journal entry, I told you folks that the game reports of the Desolation sessions from my Friday and Sunday campaigns would be fast and furious over the next little while. Here's the fourth, and second pertaining to the Sunday afternoon gaming group, belated game session reports. This report covers the Sunday group's session on the 6th of February this year. You can read about the previous game session in this journal entry. As per usual, since the rpg game session notes can be somewhat long and may not appeal to all my journal readers, they are presented here behind the cut.

Note: The two sessions of Desolation reports for the Sunday group that follow are based on the play of the "Conscripted" adventure for the game, and thus should be read with the word "**SPOILERS!!!**" in large letters. Your enjoyment of play of this scenario in future may be harmed by reading this post.

That said,

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I thought that the game session went pretty well, and that spross and Tammy handled the scenario and the situations that arose in it pretty well, though the former is still having a problem getting a handle on the (new) character he's playing, and Tammy still has a preference for talking to NPCs rather than spross. That said, the party has been split up between the escapees and the detainees, and so we'll see what happens in the next session.

Friday Night Game Session Report - Desolation

Here is the continuing coverage of the Friday night campaign of the Desolation rpg that I'm running, and the fifth session report in recent days, as I continue to try and catch up to the current status of the campaigns. This write-up covers the Friday night session that I ran on May 6th of this year. You can read about the previous game session in this journal entry. Since this post is quite long, I've put it behind a cut for those who don't want to read about the roleplaying game campaigns that I'm running.

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As noted earlier, this was the first game session that I ran of the regular game in the aftermath of Steve Bauer's death, and it was a hard game to run. After some thought, Kathy decided that she wanted to take on the role of Devron Sharpis, SteveB's character, in the game, and I couldn't really find a reason not to have her do so. She told me at the time that she plans to play Devron until the characters return to Wilkerson Dale, and then she what she wants to do with things. In addition, the new player, David Matchuk, joined the gaming group as a regular with this session of the Desolation campaign, and seems to be a good fit to this poiht. His Elf character, Rovanis Gellorin, has a few secrets of his own that the rest of the players (other than Nick) don't know about, and so the game should be fascinating to see how it evolves and how David's character fits in. Overall, the mood of the gaming group still in the aftermath of SteveB's death was somewhat subdued, although Kathy and the others said that they were glad getting back to a campaign; it would just take a bit of time to adjust to SteveB's absence. His death has made me realise how privileged I am to game with my Friday night gamers, and that I have such a great bunch of people. Looking forward to the future of this campaign.

Heading Out to Game

Friday night gaming is tonight.

I'm heading out to the west end of Ottawa for dinner with Kathy and my goddaughter, and then a night of gaming with the Friday night group. All of my gaming stuff is packed, since I'm running the Desolation campaign tonight on the group. Should be an interesting night of gaming, for sure.

Catch you tomorrow, folks.